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INF506 – Module 3: Building Academic Library 2.0

View this YouTube video called ‘Building Academic Library 2.0’. Consider advice provided by one or more of the speakers in terms of a library and information agency that you know (as an employee or user). Select five (5) key pieces of advice from these speakers, and consider how these may be applied to your library to help it embrace a Library 2.0 ethos. Write up your findings as a post (of no more than 350 words in your OLJ).

In my current position as a primary school teacher, I work in partnership with a team of innovative teacher librarians. The following thought provoking pieces of advice in the video file titled ‘Building Academic Library 2.0’ created by Berkeley Academic Library U.S. related to me and encouraged me to reflect:

  1. Leave comments open on your blog. People write useful comments and replies on library blogs, these comments can help other library users to learn. Is your library ready to be “open” and share feedback from users. This is a good honest way to ask questions to library users and then leave their comments open for others to read. This allows users of the library to connect and shows students that the library “cares” and values their feedback.
  2. RSS feeds. Allow users to acquire content and information on their own terms by subscribing to RSS feeds on particular websites that contain information that users are interested in e.g. news websites, natural disasters websites, receiving others blog updates. Users subscribe to the RSS feed and then receive updated information by email or text. This could be particularly useful in a school library when new books are catalogued and ready for borrowing. Therefore library users will not have to visit the library website to look for information about new books, the information will come to them, they can read the content when they are ready, then immediately take action.
  3. Don’t focus just on technologies. Think about the technology have nots, that is the issues / items that don’t consist of the use of technology. Non-technological items can be useful and powerful learning tools too.
  4. Build a learning culture. A huge amount of money in school budgets is spent on teachers attending Professional Development courses / conferences and covering teachers when they are at these events. Valuable professional learning can take place in-house within a school, by teachers sharing ideas and successful teaching strategies with one another. If a learning culture is developed within a school this will result in staff developing programs and becoming more comfortable when using technology.
  5. Develop a risk-tolerant culture. Let users evaluate new technologies and make changes to their teaching programs. I have seen this developed successfully in schools when time has been specifically devoted for staff to critically evaluate new technologies, to play and experience and experiment with blogs, wikis etc… If teachers do not have time to work with these new tools, resentment towards new technologies takes place.
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INF506 – Module 3: Information professionals in a Web 2.0 world.

Based on your reading in Modules 1, 2 and 3 so far, and your examination of Abram’s and Harvey’s definitions of Librarian 2.0 and the views presented in the above YouTube clips, define what you believe to be the essential knowledge, skills and attributes of an information professional in a Web 2.0 world.

According to Harvey (2009) a librarian in a Web 2.0 world “should be a person who is experimenting with new technologies as they come along” and finding the right one to match to the needs of your students. A Librarian 2.0 is someone who is able to distinguish between the hyped up technological tools and tools that will engage and interest their users as well as catering for their needs.

Partridge (2010) states that technology is just “one part of Library 2.0 librarians need to be aware of, they need to have some understandings of the emerging technologies – what is available and what it can do and how to make it do what is needed – but they do not need to be IT professionals per se.” It is essential that Librarians 2.0 demonstrate a “need to be interested in, engaged in and committed to lifelong learning” in a Web 2.0 world (Partridge, 2010).

Library 2.0. is a “new culture of participation catalyzed by social web technologies” (Holmberg et al., as cited in Partridge, 2010, p. 677). Examples of Web 2.0 tools include podcasts, voice thread, cloudtags, youtube, flickr, paddlet, diigo, blogs etc. that allow interaction and social collaboration between communities. “A driving force in our decision making about what tools to use should always be our patrons and whether the tools can help us do a better job of delivering services” (Harvey, 2009).

Library 2.0 has changed the library brand, libraries are no longer just about books, instead they are also about collaboration, communication, socialization and interaction on many different levels between library users. Librarians 2.0 are focused on “initiating communication channels and networks, and creating opportunities where users can communicate, interact and create together” (Partridge, 2010).

In a Web 2.0 world librarians are seen as digital life coaches and mentors, assisting “students to move from being knowledgeable to being knowledge-able” (Hughes, 2010).

References

Harvey, M. (2009). What does it mean to be a Science Librarian 2.0? Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (Summer). Retrieved from http://www.istl.org/09-summer/article2.html

Hughes, F. (2010, May 6) Contemporary School Libraries are a core service [Prezi file]. Retrieved from http://prezi.com/e6r2npo3tq3l/contemporary-school-libraries/

Partridge, H., Lee, J., & Munro, C. (2010). Becoming “Librarian 2.0”: The Skills, Knowledge, and Attributes Required by Library and Information Science Professionals in a Web 2.0 World (and Beyond). Library Trends, 59(1-2), 315-335. http://muse.jhu.edu.ezproxy.csu.edu.au/journals/library_trends/v059/59.1-2.partridge.html

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